Mears wins £86m Manchester repairs and maintenance contract

MEARS has won a 10-year contract to deliver repairs and maintenance for council homes in north Manchester.

The deal, worth up to £86m, will see the company deliver repairs, adaptation, empty property and servicing work for 13,500 houses.

It will offer weekday hours of 8am to 8pm, along with a Saturday morning service. Servicing costs will be fixed and there are new incentives for the contractor to control spending.

The contract was awarded by the city council and its arm's length housing management organisation Northwards Housing following a four-stage tendering process.  Mears is the majority owner of Northwards' existing contractor, Manchester Working.

The agreement starts on 3 April and will initially run until 2 April 2021, with the possibility of two three-year extensions.

Sue Abbott, chair of the Northwards board, said: "Mears offers good value for money, with the pre-set price of each repair job decreasing by 3.01 per cent. They've also agreed to fix this cost for four years, which is great at a time where funding for services can be uncertain.

"We look forward to building on the great relationship we already have and further improve our repairs service."

Des Morris, managing director of Mears, North West, said: "We are delighted to have been awarded the new contract. We can now build on the solid foundations already established over the last 10 years through the Manchester Working joint venture to deliver excellent services, value for money and tenant satisfaction."